Cessna 310

The Cessna 310 and Cessna 320 twin-engine aircraft from Cessna.

Development and history

The Cessna 310 was the first twin-engined redevelopment of the American manufacturer after the Second World War. The first flight took place on January 3, 1953. Overall fit 4-6 people in the plane. Deliveries began in the following year. There, several thousand machines were produced in different series. Many of them are still in use.

As a military machine, they first carried the designation L- 27A / B, later U- 3A / B, called " Blue Canoe ".

The Cessna 320 Skyknight was developed from the Cessna 310F. She had with 6 seats one more, an additional rear cabin window, increased by 72 kg maximum takeoff weight of 2265 kg and turbocharged engines Continental TSIO -470 -B. From the 320B a seventh seat was available as an option. The maximum take-off weight increased up to 2406 kg at for the last versions 320E and 320F. From 1961 to 1969 a total of 577 units were built.

Military operators

  • French Air Force: 12
  • Indonesian Air Force
  • Indonesian army
  • Marine
  • Marine
  • United States Air Force 196 L- 27A and L- 27B (later U -3A and B renamed).
  • United States Army 25 ex-US Air Force L- 27AS (U -3A ) and 13 L- 27Bs (U -3B ) from 1960


Each with 210 kW

Each with 210 kW

Speeds of the Cessna 310 L

  • Powerplant: Continental IO - 470VO
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 2361 kg / 5200 lbs
  • Fuel Consumption: 30 GPH (gallons per hour)